October 14, 2019

Dispatch — Homeward Bound: October 13, 2019

Dispatch — Homeward Bound: October 13, 2019 I am not one of those Christians who feels skittish about using the words “lucky” or “fortunate.” Some people I know feel compelled to say they are “blessed” when something good happens in their lives, and that’s okay I guess. However, it tends to raise questions of theodicy […]

Dispatch from Tuscany: October 6, 2019

Dispatch from Tuscany: October 6, 2019 To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, […]

Dispatch from the Bernese-Oberland: October 2, 2019

Dispatch from the Bernese-Oberland: October 2, 2019 I hadn’t anticipated crying. But when our small train pulled out and headed toward Mürren, the stupefying vista that opened up in front of us literally took my breath so that I could not speak. The tears welled up and I was rendered incapable of expression. We had […]

Dispatch from Lausanne: September 29, 2019

Dispatch from Lausanne: September 29, 2019 UPDATE: Some pics from Christ Church, Lausanne. • We have been almost a week in Europe; a couple of days in Zurich and then down to Lausanne on Lake Geneva (Lac Lemon). Here are a few notes on churches we’ve seen and will attend. As a Christian who practices […]

Nous sommes en route!

Well, iMonk family, Gail and I are soon off on our dream trip of a lifetime. Monday, we will fly out of Chicago to Munich, Germany, take the train to Switzerland, and then spend the next couple of weeks around Lake Geneva and in the high Alps. We’ll then journey over to Italy, where a […]